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Neptune Reviews Proposal for Dog Park, Skateboard Park

  Proposals to create a dog park and skateboard park are under review by the Neptune Township Committee. Business Administrator Vito Gadaleta said the township is looking to fund the parks using Monmouth County Open Space funding. “That process is underway,” he said. Township Committee members said that access and visibility are important factors in creating either of the parks and that a previous proposal to place a skateboard park at the intersection of Stratford Avenue and Neptune Blvd. fell through due to a lack of community support to locate it there. “We need to make sure of their location…

Trees Will Be Planted for Orlando Victims

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Sunshine Girl Charities Inc. of Manasquan has offered to plant 49 trees, one for each victim, including name plaques in Asbury Park. Manasquan resident Jacqueline Klosek is the founder and director of Sunshine Girl Charities and said in a release recently that she “was saddened, shaken, and moved to action.” “And like many people, I wanted to do something, whatever small thing I could do, to respond in some way to the massacre,” Klosek said. Klosek founded the charity in 2014 with the goal of helping to protect vulnerable beings and resources, and to…

$60,000 Grant for Cleanup in Neptune

  By DON STINE Clean-up efforts will continue on a contaminated section on the former Welsh Farm tract, off Old Corlies Avenue in Neptune, under a a state grant recently received by Neptune. A grant of about $60,000 has been received from the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund Public Entity Program HDSRF to continue clean-up efforts. The program, charged with cleaning up a hazardous substance or hazardous waste, is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection. “This is basically additional remediation to the former Welsh Farms property at 703 Corlies Avenue,” said Leeanne Hoffman, the township’s Director of Planning…

In Asbury Park: Members Sought for Lake Commission

  Asbury Park City Councilwoman Eileen Chapman said the city is activating a Sunset Lake Commission. The commission will address the status of Sunset Lake, and create action plans for the improvement and beautification of one of the city’s major bodies of water. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office and must be submitted Mon., July 11. They can be emailed to cindy.dye@cityofasburypark. “There’s a lot to do for Sunset Lake, and a lot of issues to address, so we want to begin to take action now before we reach the hottest days of the summer,” Chapman said. “We’re…

Outdoor Theater Returns to Days Celebrating Building’s 140 Years

  The Starving Artist at Days Summer Theater returns to the porch at Days in Ocean Grove with their annual Broadway musical review beginning June 30. This year’s offering, “Days Remembered,” is a collection of songs to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the building Days in Ocean Grove. The historic building is celebrating this anniversary with several events throughout the summer, the first being “Days Remembered,” a Broadway Musical Review. The Ocean Grove themed musical is a collection of songs from musicals including Annie, Gypsy, South Pacific, Kinky Boots and many more Tony award-winning shows. The show was conceived in…

Ocean Grove Ladies Auxiliary Launches 2016 Fund-Raising Season

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The multi-generational Ladies Auxiliary of the Ocean Grove Auditorium Ushers 2016 fundraising season is underway. On June 23 the membership attended their annual “Welcome Coffee” at the Youth Temple. The current officers and committee chairs were introduced, with many addressing the meeting attendees about their specific projects. Camp Meeting Association President Dr. Dale Whilden described the Ladies Auxiliary as “the epitome of volunteerism”, going strong for seventy-two years, and expressed his appreciation for the many improvements to Ocean Grove that have been financed through the funds raised by this organization. He cited the carillon bells, flower…

In Avon: Government Continues Moving Forward with Property Auction

  By PETE WALTON The federal government is moving ahead with the auction of prime beachfront property formerly used to house Coast Guard personnel in Avon. The General Services Administration lists the land and building as multifamily housing but the borough attorney of Avon has put Washington on notice that the property is located in a single-family zone, and that future owners will have to comply with that zoning. As of Tues., June 28 the high bid for the property at the corner of Ocean and East End Avenues was $635,000. Four parties had submitted bids at that point. Borough…

Prosecutor Releases Internal Report of Seidle Shooting; 2 Asbury Park police officers to face disciplinary actions

  An Internal Review of the law enforcement response to the brutal killing of Tamara Seidle on June 16, 2015 has been released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office which concluded that deadly force could not have been used without possible harm to bystanders. The report concludes that although deadly force could not have reasonably been used against Philip Seidle, who killed his wife Tamara in the middle of a residential neighborhood, ineffective communication, a lack of information about whether Philip Seidle was involved in police activity, as well as an absence of command and control by the highest ranking…

Ocean Grove Association Urges Opening of North End Lot

  By BONNIE GRAHAM The Ocean Grove Home Owners Association continues on with its active engagement in two “hot button” issues concerning this historic community – the ever-present parking situation, and the increase in the annual ground rent for some commercial properties. At Saturday’s membership meeting, Joyce Klein, Chair of the OGHOA’s Parking Committee, said, “The June 13 Neptune Township Committee workshop meeting did not go as we had hoped. Realistically, we did not expect an immediate “OK” to our recommendations, but we did expect to receive serious consideration.” Klein said the Neptune Township Committee will create its own Ocean…

Asbury Park to Receive $500,000 Planning Grant

  Asbury Park will receive a $500,000 Choice Neighborhood planning grant which will be used to develop comprehensive strategies for affordable housing on the west side, pedestrian-friendly blocks and supportive social services for residents. Only 10 communities across the country will receive such funding. Selected from 64 applicants, the 10 communities will receive a nation-wide total of $8,000,000. The city in conjunction with the Asbury Park Housing Authority will use the funds jointly. “It’s an honor to be the recipient of this grant. We understand that this was a very competitive process, and we’re very grateful to the Asbury Park…